Student exhibit hints at multitude of options for Haywood Street site

For years, people in Asheville have confronted three visions for city-owned property at Haywood Street and Page Avenue.

One is the area’s current jumble of cracked asphalt parking lots alongside a fenced pit.

Another, an image of a verdant park with mature trees, graces yard signs throughout the city.

Finally, park supporters can’t purge from memory the rendering of a tall corporate headquarters building from marketing materials assembled as part of a city effort to sell the property to a developer.

Now, after a year of meetings by a city-appointed volunteer committee to develop a community vision for the site, there’s something new to look at — though the visuals weren’t commissioned by the city and don’t represent any official plans. Rather, the 13 design concepts shown April 28 at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design are the creations of architecture students at Clemson University.

Read full article from May 5, 2017.